Nobel winners go for Obama, Joe the Plumber sticks with McCain

    In a sharply written letter letter released Wednesday, 76 American Nobel Prize winners endorsed Barack Obama for president. They praised Obama’s “emphasis during the campaign on the power of science and technology to enhance our nation’s competitiveness.” Meanwhile, John McCain has earned the endorsement of working-class American “Joe the Plumber,” who is neither a licensed plumber nor named Joe (it’s Samuel Wurzelbacher for those who are wondering).

    Wurzelbacher hit the campaign trail today with McCain’s VP pick Sarah Palin, saying at a rally in Columbus, Ohio, that a vote for Obama “is a vote for the death of Israel.” The Nobel Prize winners, on the other hand, didn’t even mention “the other guy” (McCain), but did outline their disdain for President Bush’s science policies: “The government’s scientific advisory process has been distorted by political considerations. As a result, our once dominant position in the scientific world has been shaken and our prosperity has been placed at risk.”

    Incidentally, as reported at our sister site the Washington Independent, Wurzelbacher did not serve in the military despite Palin’s glowing claims to the contrary at an introduction earlier today in Bowling Green, Ohio.

    h/t Salon.com’s War Room.

    Colorado Independent’s blogumnist (blogger-columnist) Jeff Bridges has worked in Democratic politics for the last 10 years, serving as communications director for two congressional races in Colorado and two governors races in the Deep South. Bridges also worked as a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C., with a focus on military and small-business issues.

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